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Saturday 30 May 2015
The week in pictures

Mammoth hunting in Siberia, Champagne-popping with Mark Ronson, spear-fishing and Negroni twists in London’s “Red Night District” – the drinks trade is anything but dull.



English vineyard secures £2.75m investment

Hampshire’s Hambledon Vineyard has successfully raised £2.75 million to expand its operation by offering investors “English Fizz” bonds through crowdfunding site CrowdBnk.

Uncorked: Nicolas Deneux

Nicolas Deneux, sommelier for On Dining Kitchen Hong Kong, speaks to db about forging new trends and his dislike of the word “mineral”.

Brewery cans fresh water for flood victims

Anheuser-Busch has temporarily halted production of beer and is instead canning fresh water to help the victims of recent severe storms and flooding in Oklahoma and Texas.

Real ale no longer ‘old man’s preserve’

Comedian Rufus Hound has released a video detailing the history of his favourite beverage – real ale – in a bid to raise its profile.


Arctic ale from 1875 found in garage

A bottle of 1875 vintage ale packed for a British Arctic Expedition to the North Pole is to go under the hammer.

Unfortunately placed beer and sausage ad mocked

An eye-catching billboard advertising a Costa Rican beer brand has caught the attention of drivers, but not for the right reasons.

Man charged £223k for six craft beers

A man was charged £223,000 for six bottles of beer instead of £22.30 – a cautionary tale reminding us all to check the bill before punching in our pin.

Top 8 drinks faux pas

Sidestepping this collection of drinks-related missteps might be second nature to many, but crimes against the world of drinks are still rife.

BIVB interactive tasting: A celebration of Chardonnay

The BIVB’s Live and Interactive seminar on Chardonnay proved the perfect antidote to the currently grey weather in Hong Kong.

by Simone Madden-Grey

Bud Light was ensnared by a strategy, not a label

It wasn't the date-rapey advice on one promotional label that caused the tsunami of bad press and online outrage. by Dan Fox

Moldova producing ‘world’s purest fruit’

Which country has the highest number of vines planted per person? France, Italy, Spain… No, it’s Moldova. by Beth Willard

How to become a sommelier

Wine tasting may be a timeless hobby, but it takes more than a few casual tastings to become a true expert. by Matt Zajechowski
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Six men jailed over £20k whisky theft

A gang of professional thieves who stole lorries and their hauls, including £23,000 worth of whisky, have been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison.

Multi-million whisky distillery planned

A tiny Hebridean island off the coast of Skye is set to become the location of Scotland’s newest distillery.

Uncorked: Elliot Faber

The best and worst part of the wine business is excessive drinking, according to Elliot Faber, beverage director of Yardbird, Ronin and Sunday’s Grocery.

Ardbeg conjures up ‘drinkable cloud’

Ardbeg is transporting the Islay weather into a glass thanks to a new, hi-tech carafe that recreates the Scottish island’s thick coastal mists.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

This week US wine writers recommended an Austrian Zweigelt, a “turbo-charged Rhône-style blend” from Oregon and “one of France’s greatest” rosés.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

Top English sparklers, raspberry-tinged rosés and a “baby Barolo” makes for an enticing lineup this week.

Top 10 wines in the US press

This week US wine writers got their tastebuds around a “big boy” Zin, a “novelty” Gamay and a “gorgeously complex and oceanic” Manzanilla Sherry.

Top 10 beers in the world press

A coconut porter, Belgian white beer and smokey red rye ale are just a few of the beers that have been given then once-over by the world’s beer writers recently.

Top 10 ways to reuse a wine bottle

If you are anything like the db team, it won’t take long to amass a collection of empty wine bottles. Put them to good use with these top upcycling tips.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

A “revolutionary” Chilean red, posh Prosecco and old vine Zinfandel that favours “elegance over brawn” make the cut in this week’s UK press roundup.

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‘Magic of France’ comes to Acker auction

Auction house Acker Merrall & Condit hopes that lots of rare Bordeaux and Burgundy from two private cellar collections will enchant bidders at its HK sale in May.

Bordeaux 2014: A Certan success

“Wine of the vintage”, Vieux Château Certan, should sell out quickly, but the remaining big estates are now locked in a “Bordeaux standoff” straight out of Hollywood.

Sotheby’s sale makes HK$12m

Sotheby’s latest Hong Kong sale featuring an ex-cellar consignment of Burgundy from Maison Camille Giroud has made over HK$12 million.

Christie’s to offer ex-cellar Guigal in HK

Auction house Christie’s is to offer an ex-cellar consignment of Guigal, another from Laroche and the cellar of a private collector in Hong Kong this month.


Mark Ronson pops first digital Champagne bottle

Grammy-award winning producer Mark Ronson popped the world’s first “digitally connected” Champagne Mumm magnum at a lavish party ahead of the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix last week.

Prosecco beats Champagne for UK growth

Sales of Prosecco continued to grow in the UK on- and off-trade in 2014, but not at the expense of Champagne, according to the fourth annual Lanson category report.

Krug to host Champagne and chip pop-up

Champagne house Krug is to launch a gourmet chip and Champagne pop-up bar in partnership with Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers.

Global Prosecco shortage could hit this summer

With the global thirst for Prosecco showing no sign of slowing, stocks of the Italian sparkler could dry up by the summer one leading producer has warned.

Pol to launch ‘08 blanc de blancs

Pol Roger is preparing to launch its “best ever” blanc de blancs, the 2008 vintage, in the UK in the next few weeks.